July 11th, 2012

Our Mission

To provide our members with educational information and analysis on matters essential for successful operation of a solid waste management company within the State;

To provide leadership in developing and presenting approved positions of members of the solid waste management industry on public policy and regulatory issues within the State; and

To regularly provide state and local regulatory bodies and the general public with information about the effects of current and proposed regulations for the solid waste management industry and about the programs and activities of its member firms in dealing with issues of public concern regarding the health, environment and quality of life within the communities which they serve.

ORRA accomplishes its mission by researching and studying subjects of concern within the industry; by offering educational and training workshops, seminars, conferences and forums on topics of interest to its members; and by maintaining a database of significant industry information for use by its member companies and others as appropriate.

Sustainability Policy

As adopted by the ORRA Board of Directors March 9, 2006

Sustainability Definition

ORRA supports the definition of Sustainability adopted by the State of Oregon: “Sustainability” means using, developing and protecting resources in a manner that enables people to meet current needs and provides that future generations can also meet future needs, from the joint perspective of environmental, economic and community objectives. [ORS 184.421 (4)]

Sustainability in the Solid Waste System:

ORRA believes that the sustainable operation of the solid waste system considers economic, environmental and Community resources and impacts. Therefore, ORRA supports the following sustainable practices:

  1. Looking for opportunities for greater energy efficiency.
  2. Looking for opportunities to reduce emissions from collection vehicles.
  3. Working with local governments to reduce waste.
  4. Continuing to implement programs that improve worker health and safety and improve collection efficiency.
  5. Supporting a quality work environment for all employees.
  6. Promoting community service.
  7. Supporting sustainable efforts by others in our communities.